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Precedence of awards is from left to right
- American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Barge - Self-propelled:
  • Laid down in 1942 as the wooden hulled Self-propelled Barge BSP-783 at Maritime Shipyard, Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 1942
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermaster Corps in January 1942
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps., placed in service as BSP-783
  • Placed in service in 1943 in Alaska
  • Placed out of service, circa 1947
  • Sold, date and ownership unknown, for commercial service with the Alaska Fisheries, named MV Deer Harbor No.1
  • Sold, date and ownership unknown, renamed MV Pankof
  • Final Disposition, Pankof struck a rock or submerged object, flooded, capsized and sank 22 June 1994 near Egegik. The vessel was departing the Egegik River bound for the Naknek River to refuel and drop off equipment. She was traveling with 6 or 8 feet of water under the keel when she struck and damaged planking on the hull. She began flooding from the bottom of the stern and capsized to her side in shallow water. All five crewmembers abandoned ship in survival suits to a skiff and life raft. They made their way to the Arctic III and were rescued. Weather worsened and the Pankof broke up and sank.
    Displacement 145 t. gross, 118 t. net
    Length 99.2'
    Beam 30'
    Draft 9.1'
    Speed unknown
    Range 8 kts
    Complement 9
    Armament one 50cal machine gun
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    two Detroit diesel engines
    two shafts, 340shp

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    132k US Army Self-propelled Barge BSP-783 under construction 12 January 1943 at at Maritime Shipyard, Seattle, WA.
    Rainbowshadow Journal, photo: Maritime Shipyard, Seattle.
    Tommy Trampp

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